Anne SudaAn accomplished soloist and chamber musician, Los Angeles based cellist ANNE SUDA recently appeared as soloist with the Venice Symphony in Florida under the baton of Maestro Imre Palló and with One Found Sound Chamber Orchestra in San Francisco. This summer Anne will perform as a fellow at Yale’s Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. She has appeared as soloist in past seasons with orchestras including the Sonoma County Philharmonic, the Knox-Galesburg Symphony, the Quincy Symphony, and the Southeast Iowa Symphony, performing works including Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations, Dvorák Concerto, Brahms Double Concerto, Beethoven Triple Concerto, and Popper Hungarian Rhapsody. Classical Sonoma wrote of Anne’s performance of Rococo Variations, “The delightful top-to-bottom slides on the fingerboard were impeccable, and in the cadenza Ms. Suda never hurried, letting the long pauses add suspense to the music. She clearly identified with the subtle and non-heroic interplay of cello and orchestra.” Anne has been praised for bringing a fresh and contemporary sound to her repertoire with the Northwest Reverb writing of her interpretation of the Debussy Cello Sonata, “Cellist Anne Suda read so much contrast into the score, intermittently I felt I wasn't hearing Debussy at all, but discovering his lost contemporary genius…it was the freshest I’ve heard.”
Anne is a founding member of two award-winning ensembles and her chamber music performances have brought her to venues including the Kennedy Center, the Banff Centre in Canada, Aldeburgh Music in the UK, the American Cathedral in Paris, and Stanford University’s Bing Concert Hall. With her contemporary chamber group Nonsemble 6, Anne received a grant from the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music and performs an original staged and memorized production of Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire throughout the country. Anne’s piano trio, Aleron Trio, recently performed as fellows at the Britten-Pears Programme at Aldeburgh Music in the UK and was a resident ensemble at the Banff Centre’s Chamber Music Festival. Aleron Trio also served as resident ensemble for the Old First Concert Series in San Francisco, won the Berkeley Piano Club Competition, and was resident ensemble with the Southeast Iowa Symphony, giving 17 educational outreach presentations and a performance tour of the Beethoven Triple Concerto. In San Francisco, Aleron Trio regular held master classes at San Francisco State University, assisting the university’s resident ensemble, the Alexander String Quartet, when on tour.
Dedicated to teaching, Anne has given master classes and recitals as guest artist at several universities and colleges, including the Cellobration Festival at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Western Illinois University, Stanford University, UC Santa Cruz, and Willamette University. Anne also recently adjudicated at the California Senior String division MTNA competition at the University of California Santa Barbara. While living in San Francisco, Anne taught at SF Community Music Center, helping to fulfill the school’s mission of bringing music to all people regardless of financial means. Anne is currently working towards her Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree at UCLA studying with Antonio Lysy. She received her Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as a student of Jennifer Culp of the Kronos Quartet, studied at the Sydney Conservatorium, and received her Bachelor of Music degree from Vanderbilt University where she double majored in English Literature. Anne began studying cello at age four with her mother Carolyn Suda. More about Anne: www.annesuda.com
Efrain J. Del PilarEFRAÍN J. DEL PILAR began playing flute at age 13. At 15, he won a District Instrument Soloist competition in Puerto Rico. Performances as a flute soloist of the Universidad de Puerto Rico – Recinto de Arecibo Band followed the winning. At 16 years of age, he performed the Mozart and Harp concerto with the Disney Orchestra.
Efraín began cello lessons with Nicky Aponte (Puerto Rican composer) at age 20 and only 6 months later, he performed his first cello recital, program included the Brahms cello Sonatas, Bach cello solo Suite no 6 and the Boccherini Cello Concerto in B Flat… Efraín graduated with a double major in Music Education and Cello and Flute Performance from the Universidad Interamericana de San German, Puerto Rico. While being a student he was appointed principal cellist of the Mayagüez Symphony Orchestra. After graduation, he joined the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra while studying privately with Jesus Morales at the Puerto Rico Music Conservatory and Nilda Betancourt. Shortly after Efraín was invited to join a cello quartet at the Florida International University performing a standard quartet repertoire caring second violin part.
Memorable appearances include performances of cello and violin repertoire at the Luis A. Ferré Performing Arts Center in Puerto Rico (2002), Carnegie Hall (2004), Paris Conservatory (2004), Rome Music Academy (2004), Santa Cecilia (Rom, Italy, in 2004) and others.In 2007 Efraín moved to Tampa, FL taking the principal cellist position of the Tampa Bay Symphony under the direction of Mark Sforzini. He relocated to Los Angeles in 2012. Recent apearances include performances for the Rio Hondo Symphony, the Southland Symphony Orchestra, and several opera houses, recitals at UCLA and Cal State LA.
Paul MaxwellPAUL MAXWELL - 17 years old San Diego native - is the youngest member of the quartet. He began playing piano at the age of four and cello at six and currently studies cello with Ruslan Biryukov. A recent high school graduate, Paul plans to devote his life to the art of music.
In spite of the young age, his portfolio includes participation in numerous festivals, top prizes from multiple music competitions, solo and chamber music performances, appearances with symphony orchestras. Paul has been invited to participate in master classes with esteemed cellists Ron Leonard, Mihai Marica, Carter Brey, Benjamin Beilman, and Robert deMaine. In May of 2016 Paul was selected to participate in the International Piatigorsky Festival in Los Angeles.
Highlights and recent appearances:
Temecula Valley Symphony’s concerto competition winner, performed Saint-Saens Cello Concerto with the orchestra.1st Prize in San Diego (local) and 2nd Prize at the California (State) VOCE competition.2nd Prize H.B. Goodlin Scholarship Competition in San Diego1st Prize at the San Diego Youth Symphony (SDYS) concerto competition and performed solo with SDYS.1st place and the Best Performance Award at the American Protégé’s International Piano and Strings Competition in New York followed by a debut performance in Carnegie Hall.
Paul also is an active member of FanFaire Foundation’s KIDS Playing For KIDS program performing in public libraries, youth clubs, and retirement homes.
Ruslan Biryukov Founder of the Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra and Los Angeles Cello Quartet, Artistic Director of Positive Motions Concert Series in Los Angeles, Cellist Ruslan Biryukov (Руслан Бирюков, www.CelloArt.com) known for his "superb artistry, passion and individuality." Mr. Biryukov represents a new generation of creative professional musicians whose artistic level is recognized not only by awards, but also by a worldwide audience. Ruslan was the only cellist ever invited to perform for 10 consecutive years solo recitals at the Sundays Live Concert Series in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the longest running live radio broadcasted concert series in the United States, as well as the only Russian cellist invited to solo with orchestra during the inaugural season of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Orange County. Recent appearances include Dvorak cello concerto performances with the Redlands Bowl Symphony and Marina Del Rey Symphony (Summer Series), Glendale Philharmonic (“Bestemming” Cello Concerto by Sharon Farber, World Premiere) and San Bernardino Symphony in Los Angeles. Memorable chamber music experience includes performances with world-renowned violinist Midori at the Disney Hall in Los Angeles, cellist Kirill Rodin at the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory, and members of the Ysaye Quartet.Mr. Biryukov has been a master teacher in music festivals in Europe and Russia. He has held teaching positions at the Ippolitov-Ivanov State Institute of Music in Moscow, Russia, the Music Academy in Lovran, Croatia and California Institute of Music, United States. His creative artistic ideas are based upon the traditions he learned from esteemed artists Kirill Rodin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Daniil Shafran, Natalia Gutman, Janos 2 Starker, Steven Isserlis, and Eleonore Schoenfeld. Within last decade of his teaching career his students won over 200 prizes on various competitions worldwide including 8th International Youth Tchaikovsky Competition (Nathan Le, 3rd Prize), American Protégé International Competition in New York (Meagan Wu and Stephen Yang, 1st Prizes), American Fine Arts International Festival in NY (Zoe Lavoie-Gagne, Stephen Yang, 1st Prizes).Ruslan was born in Baku, Azerbaijan and received his formal music education at the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory in Russia (Master of Music, M.A.), and the USC Thornton School of Music in United States (Artist Diploma and Graduate Certificate). He first earned international recognition by winning major awards in Azerbaijan and by the inclusion of his name in the Golden Book of Russia's international program "New Names". Biryukov has gone on to win numerous other awards worldwide, including the Grand Prize at the 17th Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition.
Since 2003 Mr. Biryukov resides in Los Angeles, United States. He was awarded permanent residency from the U.S. government as an “Extraordinary Ability Artist.” The title means that he has “sustained national or internation